Every character can be portrayed from different angles; for schools the emphasis is on education; for corporate & tourism the emphasis is on entertainment, but whatever the angle, your audience is guaranteed an outstanding experience.
Each performance is customised to suit the audience, ensuring a dynamic atmosphere and optimum impact is achieved every time. Once you have selected a character you can view more images and further information on each character. To view the gallery please click the button below.
What you should know:
The minimum duration of a single workshop is 1 hour and the maximum duration is half a day; sessions can be adjusted to suit your timetable and class numbers; we can deliver whole school assemblies or to smaller groups as required (e.g. 2x half day sessions, 3x 1.5hr sessions or 5x 1hr sessions etc.) and can even deliver 2 different topics in one day if required to benefit maximum number of pupils.
The weapons and equipment are heavy and can be dangerous, and can therefore only be handled if the students are orderly and there is room to do so.
Our risk assessment, liability insurance cover and DBS certificate are all available on request.
This workshop gives an account from the perspectives of both Harold and William, covering the Battles of Stamford Bridge, Hastings and Fulford Gate. We explore the mistakes and the positive moves made by both sides that determined the outcome.
There are lots of hands on opportunities with the artefacts and equipment from the time; children will be astonished at the weight of a chain mail shirt and have great fun in carrying out Saxon shield and spear drill. We also discuss what would have happened if Harold had won and think about the differences this would have made to our history. We also get the children to think about what they would have done if they had been in Harold’s shoes; this is always interesting with the youngsters coming up with their own ideas on how to beat the Normans.
If you have a particular area of focus, not mentioned above, you wish us to concentrate on, please let us know.
Explore the causes of the Civil War, then choose your side and join the debate to see how conflict may have been avoided.
A favourite of ours, this presentation begins from the side of Parliament, showing the ills of Charles I and the Royalist cause, but as we progress through the Civil War, we show a different view of King Charles, that of a father and husband. Giving both sides of the argument draws the children into a debate as to the rights and wrongs of the Civil War.
During this workshop-based presentation, volunteers are dressed in armour as a pikeman, an ironside cavalryman and a musketeer.
The presentation culminates in a live firing demonstration of both a matchlock and flintlock musket.
This workshop takes a look at where the Saxons came from, what life was like in Saxon England and the conflicts between the Saxons and the Vikings. What was life like for the ordinary Saxon, what did they eat, how did they live and what did their children do? We explore what would it have been like for a monk in a monastery under threat of attack by Vikings. We also give the story of Alfred the Great and how he formed England.
If required we can take a look at 1066 and the Battle of Hastings and also give an archery demonstration using a Saxon longbow.
There are lots of hands-on opportunities for children with the weapons and artefacts including a fabulous replica of the Sutton Hoo helmet and we also carry out Saxon shield and spear drill and learn Saxon words that we use derivatives of today.
This fascinating presentation will have students riveted as we begin our story with Galen. We explore how he learned his craft and compare his knowledge with that of the medieval surgeon John Bradmore to recreate the dramatic operation that was performed on the Prince of Wales (who later became Henry V) to remove the arrowhead from his face.
We also investigate medicine through the Tudor and Rennaisance periods; we cover Pare, William Harvey and we examine the pustules of the Plague before finally moving onto slightly more modern history with John Snow.
Kevin delivers Medicine through Time, not in costume, but as himself, merging the past with the present drawing on his own experiences as a soldier, police officer and deputy coroner's officer.
Click here to watch the ever popular Medieval Surgeon film, created for exam board OCR
Having shot the longbow for over forty years, this truly is a passion. We can focus on any angle of the medieval period you wish to cover. Be it the battle of Crecy or Agincourt, or the Wars of the Roses. This character arrives with a full array of weapons to demonstrate and for the children to handle. Using a wax model head, we can demonstrate medieval surgery with the extraction of an arrowhead (recreating the operation carried out on the young Henry the V after the battle of Shrewsbury). We also bring along artefacts such as eating utensils, coins etc., to demonstrate day-to-day life in medieval times. To finish the day there is a demonstration of the longbow.
This unique workshop is powerfully educational and utterly entertaining. The first phase of the workshop consists of building a scale model of a Motte and Bailey castle followed then by the construction of Rochester Castle keep and walls. The workshop looks at the development of castles, showing youngsters how castles were built and what the different areas were for etc. Within the workshop, as well as building the model, we can take a look at the attack and defence of the castle as well as day-to-day workings.
Kevin comes along in medieval costume and bring a number of artefacts to support the workshop and can also include an archery demonstration if required. This is a brilliant alternative to costly castle visits.
Note: This workshop is best suited to primary schools and single class sizes only (approx. 30)
Our Centurion arrives at school complete with all the artefacts and equipment necessary for hands on workshops with the children. Although we can work closely with teachers to tailor presentations to better match individual requirements, generally speaking, he covers tactics in the form of shield drills as well as the day to day life of Romans in Britain such as food, and social aspects etc.
The children are split into groups and drilled with shields in Latin. This can be done as a competition between groups and has proved to be not only a great success but also a tremendous amount of fun.
A hard-hitting presentation, our Major makes no excuse for the actions of the Nazis or the SS, and leaves the audience feeling a little un-nerved. We lace into presentation, what happened in Germany after the first world war, covering the Weimar Republic and how the Allies dictated the Treaty of Versailles to the Germans, which was then used by the Nazis as propaganda as they gained power. We gain an insight into what Adolf Hitler was really like, then debate with the students.
The second part of the presentation looks into the Holocaust and the way it was engineered and using original accounts we bring this dark subject to life, leaving the audience quite taken aback. We finish with a question and answer session.
Click here to watch the Nazi Officer and Nazi Nurse films both created by Kevin for exam board OCR.
Based on an actual character; John Newton, a slave trader who became sickened by his bloody trade and later became an abolitionist and reformer. Combining history and geography, this workshop looks at the slave triangle and explores how people were captured, enslaved, transported and sold at various markets and also focuses on the reformists and the abolition of slavery. Parallels can then be drawn to modern day slavery, the descendants of the slaves and conflicts in the old slave countries, such as the Sudan. Pupils have the opportunity to handle the manacles and chains used by the slavers and we also cleverly recreate the tight conditions that were experienced by slaves on board ship to give students a better understanding of the suffering inflicted for the sake of profit.
This Tudor character has been present at the executions of both Ann Boleyn and Kathryn Howard you can chose if you want him to portray an executioner or a soldier.
This session begins with the death of Richard the III and how the Tudors came to power, it’s a short story and lasts only around ten minutes but helps set the stage for the Tudors. Although we cover the Henry Tudor we tend to focus on Henry VIII, revolving around a day in his life… what did he eat, what did he do, what was he like? We try to answer all of the little questions that pupils may have about the King. We do of course cover his six wives, in particular the deaths of Anne Boleyn and Kathryn Howard and in doing this, we place the future King Edward and Queens Mary and Elizabeth in order and cover briefly their lives, finishing with Elizabeth, but leaving it open for you to carry on.
If you have a particular area of focus such, not mentioned above, you wish us to concentrate on, please let us know.
Click here to watch our Tudor films, created for exam board OCR.
We can turn back the clock in your classroom to the 1850’s and with slate and chalk give the children a lesson as if they were back in time.
Our character is a hard-nosed Victorian industrialist. We can include virtually any aspect of the Victorian Britain you want for example the industrial revolution, poverty and life in the slums or crime and punishment. With a collection of Victorian hats, we play a great game of “Who wore this?” to explore the occupations and roles of people at the time. We also bring along a range of other artefacts; shoes, toys, instruments etc. that give pupils an insight into what life would have been like in the Victorian era.
Our Viking workshop centres on the Vikings’ explorations around the world, the countries they travelled to and invaded and what life was like for them. The costumed character is a Viking mariner who brings along a model of a Viking ship, (82cms long) to demonstrate. The children will have the opportunity to get up close with the ship, try on helmets and some chainmail as well as handle artefacts and will have great fun re-creating a shield wall and doing drill. We will also recreate one of the favourite games of the Vikings ‘kingy bats’.
We round up the session with a Viking Saga, which can be done at the end of each session or with all classes joined together at the end.
The format comprises generally of a dramatic presentation by the soldier, question and answer sessions, handling of artefacts, including a blank firing demonstration of the Lee Enfield rifle.
WWI soldier is practically a walking museum, he carries lots of artefacts and personal possessions and the students do get a chance to handle many of these. Our fighting Tommy explains the causes that led to the first world War and takes you from Mons 1914 right through to the Battle of the Somme, opening up the debate ’was Hague a butcher?’ We can also focus on specific areas if requested, such as trench warfare.
I use my own experience as a veteran soldier to enhance the understanding of what it must have been like for the ordinary soldier in the war.
Popular with KS2, this soldier has been in action during the Dunkirk campaign and on returning on leave he has been plunged with his family into the depths of the blitz in wartime Britain. Using the stories of my own family we discuss what life was like in the 1940’s; Rationing, the blackout, evacuation etc.
There are lots of hands-on opportunities with artefacts and equipment and there are also some great activities for the children to get involved with. We put them on fire duty; by forming them into two groups putting them through their paces with the stirrup pumps working in pairs to see which group can pump both the fastest and shoot the water the furthest. We also have a race to see who can put the baby in the gas mask the quickest – great fun.
Bring a touch of Ancient Egypt into your school with our NEW Egyptian Build-A-Pyramid workshop.
Comprising of a complete model of the King’s Pyramid at Giza measuring over 4 foot square, pupils will help our Egyptian Explorer assemble the model to discover how pyramids were built. By examining the model in profile pupils can see where the passages lead, learn how weight was dispersed by using different stone and see the different chambers and escape tunnels. We also conduct an experiment to understand how the ancient Egyptians moved the huge stone blocks.
Once the Pyramid is complete we turn to the mummification process. Using a specially designed mannequin, we prepare the body for mummification removing organs and placing them in replica canopic jars, the children can then take it in turns to wrap the mummy.
Usually the complete workshop can last half a day but it can be shortened if required; we can tailor the workshop to suit your school’s individual needs by reducing or omitting elements.
Note: This workshop is best suited to single class sizes only (approx. 30)